The Yankee trade for one-handed lefty starter Jim Abbott from California on December 6, 1992, was good for both teams. Although Jim would only post a 20-22 mark in the Bronx the next two years, his presence was welcome on a team transforming itself from struggling to competitive, and his no-hitter vs. Cleveland was a boost and an inspiration. Looking at what the Yanks sent to Anaheim, reliever Russ Springer didn’t excel for the Angels (4-12 from ’93 to ’95), but J.T. Snow gave them solid play at first base, with 65 homers and 256 rbi’s from 1993-1996.
Hall of Fame Dodger (and Yankee and four other clubs) spitballer Burleigh Grimes passed away on December 6, 1985. With a 270-212, 19-year career, Grimes went 1-2 with the Yanks in 10 games in 1934, his last year. Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner, who in three years with the Colonels and 18 with the Pirates from 1897-1917 hit 101 home runs and drove in 1,732 runs, also died this day, in 1955.
Hall of Fame second sacker Tony Lazzeri, born December 6, 1903, started with the Yanks in 1926 and by the time he left after the 1937 season (he would play with the Cubs in ’38, and play for both Yankee New York rivals — the Dodgers and the Giants — in ’39), he had amassed 169 dingers, 148 stolen bases, and 1,154 rbi’s. He finished in the Top Ten in MVP voting three times, peaking at third place in 1928.
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